In our rookie year, we mentored the FRC team from The Classical Academy – the Kamen Agents, as well as our own FTC team – Kronos. We also helped to build the playing fields for the FLL teams. At the San Diego Regional, we won the Rookie All-Star Award, along with the Highest-Seeded Rookie Award. We attended the Arizona Regional and won the Entrepreneurship Award. We were unable to raise the money to go to Atlanta that year, so we planned to attend the following year. At the end of the year, we participated in the Team San Diego demonstration at the Del Mar Fair.
In the 2010 season, we were able to bring in more mentors from Abbott Labs and we decided to take on a very ambitious robot design for a second-year team – the swerve drive. The project taxed our team to the limits, but the students rose to the occasion and turned out a robot that made it to the semi-finals at the San Diego Regional. We won the Imagery Award in Honor of Jack Kamen at the San Diego Regional.
In our second year, we also took on the challenge to host our first FLL Qualifying Tournament. The event was run entirely by the team, with parents helping in key areas. We also worked closely with our FTC teams to help with programming and to build their field elements. We helped the Canyon Crest Academy rookie team – the Aluminum Narwhals. In addition, we demonstrated our robot at the Abbott Vascular Technology Expo, in an effort to recruit mentors and introduce some of our students to one of our sponsors.
Our trip to Atlanta had a major impact on the team. Our students were able to see the magnitude of the program and understand the value of engineering to America’s future. At the World Championship, we won the Imagery Award in Honor of Jack Kamen. This had a huge impact on our second-year team, and set the bar high for future teams.
In our third year, we suffered some setbacks. We lost our Abbott Vascular mentors to some new teams in Temecula, which we then helped mentor. We were hoping to have some of the FTC students move up to the FRC team, but they were overwhelmed with their academics in their freshman year and held back. When we got to the San Diego Regional, we could not get our swerve drive to work, even with assistance from several other teams. Our students stuck with it to the end, but to no avail. The season had some highlights, despite the setbacks. In the off-season, we once again mentored our FTC team and we held our Second Annual FLL Qualifying Tournament. We worked hard on our team image. Our relationship with Nordson/Asymtek grew in the 2011 season, as they again helped with the robot, but also took on the challenge of milling our cube-logo out of aluminum. These things helped our team to win the Imagery Award in Honor of Jack Kamen, despite out technical setbacks.
In 2012, the Daedalus Project was back on track, and stronger than before. We expanded the size of our team, bringing in six students who had participated in our FTC program, and one who had been involved all the way from the FLL program.
In the 2012 season, we once again attempted the swerve drive, but had to switch to a tank drive at the last minute. The robot functioned well, but did not get into the finals. Once again, we won the Imagery Award in Honor of Jack Kamen.
After the season in 2012, we participated in a few events with our sponsors and other FIRST teams. We visited the Asymtek fabrication shop and spoke with the machinists and welders. We demonstrated our robot and spoke about our plans for the next season. Asymtek has become one of our most active partners. We also put on FLL, FTC, and FRC demonstrations at the BAE Systems “Bring Your Son/Daughter to Work” day. In addition, we participated in the Del Mar Fair robotics demonstration in May. We also got our sponsors involved in what we termed a “recruiting” event at our school. The idea was to introduce the students on our campus to our sponsors and to representatives from the engineering departments of local universities